Motorola recently announced the release of the newest addition to their line of mobile computers−the ES400 Enterprise Digital Assistant (EDA). Designed for mobile task workers, the ES400 is Motorola’s smallest EDA, but don’t let it’s pocket-sized design fool you, it packs a punch. Key features include:
There are many factors that must be taken into consideration when selecting a mobile computer for cold storage environments. In order to supply your workers with the performance they need to get the job done you have to look at more than just a rugged design. Fogged-up LCD screens and exposure to frost and condensation can reduce productivity, but mobile devices designed specifically for cold environments boast features to combat these issues. Some key features to look for include:
DecisionPoint Systems, Inc. recently announced a merger agreement with Comamtech, the successor company of Copernic, Inc. After the merger, the resulting legal entity will be named DecisionPoint Systems, Inc. and the entire management team of DecisionPoint will become the management team of the merged company. The merged company will also apply to have its common stock listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market.
Many utility and energy companies provide service to hundreds of thousands of customers or more. Keeping these customers happy and providing efficient and reliable service is a top priority. Mobile solutions enable utility and energy companies to streamline operations and provide real-time visibility into:
For airlines, missing or mishandled baggage greatly reduces customer satisfaction levels and increases costs. RFID solutions can improve the traveler experience, increase airline efficiency and reduce errors. No one enjoys when their flight is delayed and the efficient transfer of baggage has a direct impact on this issue. Applying RFID tags to passenger luggage provides multiple benefits, including:
According to Retail Systems Research, 88% of mega-retailers cite the need to make employees more productive as a top priority. Empowering associates with mobile technology will not only transform the shopping experience, but increase employee productivity as well. Retailers can improve employee productivity with solutions such as:
Motorola recently set the Guinness World Record for the “Most Powerful Access Point” by streaming a unicast video to 80 laptops from just one AP-7131N access point! Check out the video below.
Many hotels and resorts now include restaurants, specialty stores, casinos and even night clubs. Mobile solutions provide the opportunity for these full-service hotels and resorts to deliver excellent service throughout the establishment. From check-in, to check-out, mobility can transform the guest experience. Some typical mobile applications used in this type of setting include:
As we’ve mentioned in past posts, mobile printers increase efficiency and improve customer service by enabling employees to print receipts, work orders, invoices, reports and more while out in the field. A study conducted by the Aberdeen Group showed that 85% of companies using mobile printers in the field reported an increase in customer satisfaction. Survey respondents also reported:
Consumers have greater access to data than ever before and this creates opportunities for retailers to tap into new channels and better interact with customers via mobile applications. In fact, Nielsen forecasts 120 million mobile Web users by mid-2011.
Repair technicians have multiple tasks throughout the day and paper processes for work orders, parts orders, time sheets and mileage reports can quickly degrade productivity. With an automated systemfield technicians receive detailed work orders on mobile devices. Technicians are able to use their time more effectively by tracking their time worked, completed repairs and mileage—all while on-the-go. The transmission of detailed repair information right to a mobile device also minimizes the time that dispatchers spend answering questions about specific work orders. Eliminating paper processes also provides these additional benefits:
DecisionPoint recently attended and sponsored the 2010 Aldata User Conference and for those of you that attended this exciting event, we’d like to thank you for visiting with us. During the conference, we exhibited our Mobile Retail Solutions. For those of you that didn’t attend this year, you can learn more about our extensive line of retail solutions by clicking on the links below:
Networks are becoming more complex than ever and threats to security are more sophisticated, both in types and volume. Although mobility allows for many strategic benefits for an enterprise you must have the ability touncover and address security vulnerabilities. If not, the financial impact can be devastating. Ask yourself this, do you have the ability to spot and contain security events, suspicious activity and lost or stolen devices? If these issues can’t be best served by an in-house IT Department, you should considering outsourcing. DecisionPoint has the expertise to uncover and address existing vulnerabilities, such as:
In our post yesterday I described some of the retail applications that can be streamlined with digital imaging solutions. Digital imaging data capture devices also help improve operations and increase productivity throughout the warehouse. Rugged handheld digital imagers offer a single device that can read both 1D and 2D bar codes and withstand harsh warehouse environments. Some typical warehouse applications that are improved with digital imaging solutions include:
There are a variety of retail applications that can be improved with 2D bar codes and digital imaging solutions. Retailers who have the ability to capture the information from the PDF417 bar code on the back of a customer’s driver’s license can streamline a variety of processes and improve customer service. Here are a few sample applications:
In our June 23rd post we described some of the various healthcare applications that occur outside of the four walls, but today we’re going to duck back indoors. Motorola recently announced the release of the MC75A0-HC EDA—this handheld device is designed specifically for the healthcare industry and is equipped with a disinfectant-ready housing and a rugged design that can withstand multiple drops and tumbles. The MC75A0-HC provides healthcare workers with the real-time information they need to increase patient safety and provide a higher quality of care. This lightweight, easy-to-use device allows healthcare workers to:
The 2010 Aldata User Group Meeting will be held October 11th-13th at the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Dallas, TX. DecisionPoint is one of the sponsors for the event and we will be displaying our mobile retail solutions during the general conference session. If you’re attending this year be sure to stop by and visit with DecisionPoint Systems to learn more about our broad range of retail solutions, expert project management services and our unique MobileCare™ Support suite. Learn how you can:
Yesterday Motorola announced the release of the next generation architecture for their 802.11n wireless LAN (WLAN) access points and controllers—WiNG 5 WLAN. Motorola’s WiNG 5 WLAN offers a simple way to support voice, data and video applications with intelligent traffic forwarding that avoids controller bottlenecks.
More and more businesses are deploying 802.11n and using media-rich applications. As networks receive more traffic, the traditional “hub and spoke” model can’t handle high-bandwidth demands and creates bottlenecks at the controller which lower 802.11n speeds and degrade network service. Motorola’s WiNG 5 WLAN is the solution to this problem and distributes the intelligence by making access points route their own traffic without going back to the controller. WiNG 5 WLAN ensures:
As we’ve discussed in the past, thermal printers provide the highest quality and cost-effectiveness to users. But it is important to select the right thermal material for your printing to ensure documents and receipts remain readable during their useful life. Thermal paper contains chemicals that produce images when exposed to heat, therefore several factors must be considered when choosing thermal media.
In our March 11th post I briefly described the two types of 2D bar codes—stacked and matrix. Today I’d like to provide some additional information about stacked 2D symbols.